J. David Douthit

J. David Douthit

Overview

A graduate of Richmond Community High School and Virginia Commonwealth University, Dave was born in Richmond and returned here to live and practice law after he graduated from The University of Virginia School of Law.

One of Dave’s primary areas of practice is car accident litigation. He explores ways to resolve cases through arbitration and mediation, but frequently appears in the courtroom when it serves a client’s best interests, trying cases before both judges and juries and winning substantial verdicts. His primary goal is to alleviate the stress for the client by allowing them to recover, receive fair compensation, and move forward with life.

Before he joined the Allen Law Firm, Dave worked as in-house legal counsel for a major automobile liability insurance company. He represented insurance company policyholders who had been sued by plaintiffs injured in motor vehicle accidents. This experience has given Dave insight into how insurance company adjusters, managers, and lawyers think and work, how they handle and evaluate claims and how they defend the policyholder during litigation. He has learned how to identify the weaknesses in a defendant’s case, especially those that encourage insurance adjusters to settle cases before trial.

Beyond helping his clients, Dave is active among the student population in his community. Working with teachers at both James River and Hermitage High Schools, Dave has helped organize mock trials where students undertake the roles of judges, lawyers, witnesses and jurors. He has taught business and legal classes at Hermitage Tech with an emphasis on career opportunities in the field of law and law enforcement.

The Richmond Police Training Academy has honored Dave for six years with the invitation to participate in training basic recruits to recognize the signs and symptoms of alcohol intoxication and impairment.

David works in the firm’s Richmond, VA office and represents clients across the state of Virginia. When he’s not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Mary, and their two daughters. His hobbies include biking, rock climbing, and target practice at local shooting ranges.

Experience

  • Trial Attorney, Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen (2001 – Present)
  • In-House Counsel, Progressive Insurance Company (2000 – 2001)
  • Attorney, McEachin & Gee (1997-2000)
  • Attorney, Tronfeld West, & Durrett (1996-1997)

Bar Admissions

  • Licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia

Education

  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law (1996)
  • B.A., History and Political Science, Virginia Commonwealth University (1990)

Professional Affiliations

  • Virginia State Bar
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Richmond Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice

Personal Injury Resources

If I Have the Right of Way, Can I Be Sued for Waving Another Car to Go?

  • March 16, 2018
  • Blog

Drivers who have the right of way will often wave to other cars, indicating that they may proceed before them. While this may seem polite, it could lead you to a courtroom.

Can I be Successfully Sued for Waving a Car in Front of Me?

  • June 10, 2016
  • Blog

Yes, you can. Drivers who have the right of way will often wave to other cars, indicating that they may proceed before them. There are circumstances in which a wave...

Will my insurance company raise my rates if I need to use my coverage after an accident?

  • November 30, 2015
  • Blog

There are a number of circumstances in which a person might want or need to use their own coverage after a car accident, even if someone else is at fault...

Elaine from Mechanicsville, VA

I had seen Allen & Allen advertised on TV. I had used another law firm for a previous accident and was very unhappy with the results. When I was in...

Personal Injury Case: Liens Against Personal Injury Recoveries in Virginia

  • September 19, 2014
  • Blog

A lien is a security interest asserted by one party against another party’s property.  Common examples are car notes or mortgages. In these situations, the lender retains an interest in...

The Check is in the Mail: Explaining the Delay Between “Notification of Payment” and Closing a Personal Injury Claim

  • September 5, 2014
  • Blog

In 2013 the General assembly enacted Code of Virginia section 38.2-236.[1] This section requires an insurer to give written notice whenever it makes a payment of $5000 or more to settle...

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